Primaries in 8 states for Senate, House, governor

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Voters go to the polls in primary elections in eight states Tuesday, with nominations for the Senate on the ballot in Alabama, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Mississippi in a year in which Republicans need to gain six seats to win a majority.

House races drew plenty of outside interest from the political professionals, even if they gained scant attention nationwide. Democrats face a distinctly uphill battle to win a House majority this fall, and they and their allies sought to knock out Republican contenders in primaries in California and New Jersey.

Gubernatorial primaries are taking place in Alabama, Iowa, New Mexico, South Dakota and California, where Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term this fall.

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